Dram Review: Antique Lions of Spirits Speyside Region Malt Aged 41 Years in a Fino Sherry Cask

[46.9%・41 Years Old・Distilled in 1975・Bottled in 2016・Joint Bottling of Jens Drewitz, Max Righi (Whisky Antique) and Diego Sandrin (Lion’s Whisky)・Single Cask Release of 230 Bottles]

Nose:

Expressive and wondrous, pinewood with a satisfying cigar creaminess.  The wood imparts a stately presence as soft white fruits caress lovingly, as per a quality Fino cask.  Rounded with hints of sherbet, honeyed granola and sweet cherries. Absolutely divine nose.

Palate & Finish:

The initial burst of maraschino cherries is immensely pleasing, the spices show a glimpse of strength before reverting to the lovely softness of fragrant white fruits with a slight waxy coating that stretches on, leaving much to imagination.

Thoughts:

Did I mention that this dram is immensely pleasing? It’s exceptionally marvellous on the nose.

The flavours have been laid out in a manner that accentuates the spirit characters of a Speysider of the old; with the Fino cask only serving in enhancing the experience, providing a tenderness that can only been achieved after decades of refining..

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-Nicholas